You can’t do it, the (insert big box home improvement store here) can’t help.

You can’t do it, the (insert big box home improvement store here) can’t help.

Here’s a cautionary tale for those of us who like to take home improvement into our own hands. Recently, a couple that lives around the corner from me decided to put an addition on their home. We’ve all met these people. The types who decide professional trades people are just too darn expensive. “I mean it’s just construction right? I spent six years in post-secondary, I’m a successful patent lawyer/drama teacher/marketing executive. I can do it and Home Depot can help!” I’ve been walking by the home in question everyday to and from work. I watched as they painstakingly excavated the site with rented equipment. Sure, save some cash on digging. At this point I’m thinking, ‘I wonder who’s...

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Should I Stay or Should I Go…Now

Should I Stay or Should I Go…Now

After the joyful reminder of this classic hit by The Clash, what we’re really talking about is spousal separations. In the 28 years we have been in business we have dealt with hundreds of divorce situations. We find it best for our clients to call us as soon as...
Running the Gamut in 2017

Running the Gamut in 2017

The real estate business has really ‘run the gamut’ this year. I love that phrase – the origin is traced back to a musical concept developed by a cool medieval monk named Guido who essentially invented the first syllable-note system (think Do, Re, Mi)....
CMHC Fall Market Update

CMHC Fall Market Update

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has been helping Canadians meet their housing needs for more than 70 years. As Canada’s authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in...
What’s the deal with home capital group?

What’s the deal with home capital group?

You may have noticed some alarming headlines in the news recently surrounding HCG and the effect that their troubles may have on the Canadian banking system at large. But what is HCG? HCG is among Canada’s largest ‘alternative mortgage lenders’. They do other things...
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